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Mental Health Treatment for TBIs in Teens and Young Adults

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Comprehensive and personalized mental healthcare is a critical component of traumatic brain injury treatment. Fill out the short form below or call us directly to start healing from TBI-related mental health issues today.

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What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force causes damage to the brain, disrupting its normal functioning. This can result from various incidents such as falls, car accidents, sports injuries, or violence.

TBIs can range from mild, causing temporary symptoms like headaches or confusion, to severe, leading to long-term cognitive impairment or even coma. Examples include concussions from sports collisions or more severe injuries from car crashes or combat.

How does Charlie Health treat TBIs?

If you or a loved one are struggling with TBI-related mental health struggles, Charlie Health is here to help. 

Our treatment programs, including our virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), offer more than once-weekly therapy for young people with complex mental health needs and their families—including clients with traumatic brain injuries.

Charlie Health’s expert clinicians use evidence-based therapies in group sessions, individual therapy, and family therapy to ensure holistic, long-term healing. Managing TBIs can be challenging, but remember: you are not alone, help is available. Fill out our short form to get started today.

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What are the best types of therapy for TBIs?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a helpful treatment for people with TBIs, targeting cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues. CBT focuses on changing negative thoughts and behaviors, making it effective for managing TBI’s psychological impact. It teaches strategies to cope with memory problems, concentration issues, and problem-solving skills. It also helps manage mood swings, anxiety, and depression by reframing negative thoughts.

CBT addresses behavioral changes post-TBI like impulsivity and social difficulties through exposure and behavior modification techniques. Overall, CBT provides structured support to help individuals adapt to and cope with the cognitive and emotional effects of TBIs.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills can help individuals with TBIs manage their emotions, improve relationships, and overall well-being. DBT combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness to address emotional and behavioral challenges holistically.

Here’s how DBT can assist people with TBI:

  • Emotion regulation: DBT teaches how to understand and control emotions, which is helpful for those with TBIs experiencing strong emotions or mood swings. Skills like mindfulness and emotion modulation can help manage these fluctuations.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: TBI can affect social skills, and DBT provides tools to navigate relationships, assertively communicate, and set boundaries, crucial for maintaining social connections.
  • Distress tolerance: Coping with stress is important in TBI recovery, and DBT helps tolerate distressing situations without impulsive actions, promoting healthier responses to challenges.
  • Mindfulness: DBT’s mindfulness practices aid in staying present, enhancing self-awareness, and reducing anxiety, adaptable for any cognitive challenges from TBI.
  • Problem-solving: Cognitive deficits from TBI can hinder problem-solving, and DBT’s skills break down challenges and develop systematic solutions.

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